Police Blotter: Checks Stolen From Mailbox and Larcenies Reported
This following information was supplied by the Bloomfield Township Police Department and Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety. Arrests, where they are mentioned, do not indicate conviction.
Bloomfield Township police are investigating a fraud complaint that reportedly started with the theft of a resident's bill payments directly from their mailbox, according to police reports.
Officers were called to a residence in the 500 block of Overbrook on Monday after the homeowner reported that several checks she wrote for bill payments and mailed from her home never made it to their destination. She called police after determining through her bank that the checks were cashed at various locations and had been altered, reports said.
It was unclear how much money was taken and no suspect information was available.
This is not the first incident this year of reported mail theft in the area. A resident in the 400 block of Steeple Chase Court reported in December that fraudulent charges were made with her credit card information after she suspects her mail was stolen. The Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety investigated a claim of mail tampering outside a home on Barbara Lane in July and turned over its findings to a the U.S. Postal Inspector in Detroit.
- Bloomfield Township police responded to the Fox Hills Condominiums on March 8 after a property owner reported that copper piping was removed from the basement common area in one of the units. The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between March 1 and March 8, reports said. No damage estimates or suspect descriptions were available.
- Officers were called to the L.A. Fitness on Monday after a member reported his iPhone was stolen from the gym while he was playing basketball. The man told officers he left the phone on an exit door push bar in the gym before he started playing shortly before 9 p.m. and that it was gone about 10 minutes later. No suspect information was available.
A resident in the 5800 block of Whethersfield reported that several Sprint phone accounts were opened using their name and personal information recently, police said. No further details were available.
Anyone with information in any of these incidents is asked to call the investigations division at 248-433-7752.
Officers with the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety responded to a home in the 2000 block of Hickory Glen Road on Tuesday after a resident reported that her credit card company alerted her to suspicious activity on her account over the past month, reports said. An online check of her account showed several unauthorized charges that police said appeared to be 'test' charges to ensure the card was usable.
The credit card company denied an attempt to purchase about $800 worth of merchandise from a local store. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 248-644-4200.
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